Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Elvis Perkins

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Elvis Perkins (born 1975) is a folk-rock singer-songwriter. He is the son of actor Anthony Perkins and photographer Berry Berenson. He was raised in Los Angeles, California and New York City.

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Perkins' melancholy songs reflect the personal tragedy he's experienced over the years. His father died of AIDS in 1992. His mother, a photographer, was on board a flight that was flown into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. His debut album, Ash Wednesday, a chronologically sequenced album of songs written before and after his mother's death, was released in February 2007 by XL Recordings with a lead single called "All The Night Without Love". All the Night Without LoveThe album includes backing vocals by Ariana Lenarsky, Shana Levy of indie band Let's Go Sailing, and others.

Originally Perkins had help from his brother, Oz Perkins, on drums and friend Ethan Gold who produced, arranged, and mixed the album. Perkins' band has grown to include bassist Brigham Brough, drummer Nicholas Kinsey and keyboardist/guitarist Wyndham Boylan-Garnett. Perkins' backing trio of musicians is known as Dearland.

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Elvis Perkind in Dearland - Shampoo - Mp3
Perkins garnered media attention in 2006 through extensive touring across the United States with Matt Costa, World Party, Cold War Kids, Okkervil River and Pernice Brothers. He has also played the Lollapalooza and Sasquatch music festivals. Perkins is currently opening for Kentucky country-rockers My Morning Jacket on their US tour.

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Perkins' song "Moon Woman II" appears on the Fast Food Nation soundtrack.
Moon Woman II

Bonus : WITHOUT LOVE - Mp3

Upcoming Shows...

Mar 29 - Portland, OR
Doug Fir Lounge

Mar 30 - Seattle, WA
The Tractor Tavern

Mar 31 - Vancouver, BC CA
Media Club

Apr 03 - Denver, CO
Soiled Dove

Apr 04 - Omaha, NE
Sokol Underground

Monday, March 26, 2007

The Real Arcade Fire Take Away Show!

here are the MP3 rips...
A Take Away Show - Wake Up!
A Take Away Show - Neon Bible

Some Pretty Damn Good Songs

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Modest Mouse
King Rat
To The East
Young People
Death Dont Have No Mercy
Besnard Lakes
And You Lied To Me

Friday, March 23, 2007

Arcade Fire - A Take Away Show

And A Socalled Promo Video!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Handsome Furs in Helsinki

pictures are here.

more videos are here and here.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

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Live at Bonnaroo 2006 recorded a tent after the show this is only Alec a harmonica and an acoustic guitar... enjoy!

01 The Skin of my Yellow Country Teeth

02 Untitled (Field Work in Mexico)

03 Details of the War

04 Is This Love

Clap your hands say yeah - L'album de la semaine (Live great quality)

Let the Cool Goddess Rust Away

In This Home on Ice

Gimme Some Salt

Demos (Alec)

Dee, Oh Dee

Wide Awake

Over and Over

Heavy Metal

New Holy Fuck ep

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Just Good Music

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Worms Don't Need No Sleep
For More Whiskers Songs 'Click'
Thanks Mike

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From thier new Pompeii ep
Fountains and Tramways
Napoleon on the Bellerophon

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Dan Boeckner Talks Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs

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From Pitchfork...
Boeckner on Handsome Furs: "It's basically Wolf Parade without the guy that everybody likes and no real instruments."

Hey, Wolf Parade! It's been awhile. Haven't heard much from you. Sure, there are all kinds of side gigs and supergroups, including singer/guitarist Dan Boeckner's latest project, Handsome Furs (much more on that later). But we really want to know about the main event. You know, the band that recently won the Music Video of the Year Plug Award for the "I'll Believe in Anything" clip?

"Oh really, we won that?" said Boeckner in a recent phone chat with Pitchfork. "The Hungarian Disaster! That's amazing!"

"Hungarian Disaster? "Yeah, our friend Matt filmed [the video] in Hungary," Boeckner continued. "I wasn't actually there for the video. [Keyboardist] Hadji [Bakara] actually found a human skull in the garbage of a Croatian restaurant in Budapest.

"Whoa, that's incredible! Did you keep it? "No, but there's an amazing picture of him holding it up."

We'd sure like to see that! Alas, a Google image search for "hadji wolf parade human skull" didn't turn up anything.

Fortunately, a new Wolf Parade album is closer at hand. "If everything goes according to plan, we're going to start recording the record over the next couple of weeks into the spring," Boeckner said. "I'd like to be finished with this record by May.

"Everybody's back to the same city and I think we're ready. I know everybody's chomping at the bit to get this record recorded. And I think we're going to do it really, really fast, and record it ourselves. "To be totally honest, we've been working on this record since the last record was finished. We have more than an album's worth of material that anybody who's come to see us live in the last year has heard. And the way it's going right now, I don't think a lot of those songs are going to get put on the record. We started writing brand new stuff, and we kind of re-arranged the way we were writing, which is really exciting.

"[Co-frontman] Spencer [Krug], [drummer] Arlen [Thompson], Hadji and I have been just getting together and jamming for hours at a time without stopping and then putting it on tape. I think we're always looking for a way to do things democratically in Wolf Parade, because we've all got our fingers in other things. And I think this way we've achieved this total, idealistic, Marxist mindset, where we're just recording stuff as it gets written, and then going over it, saying 'That's a song, there.' And then playing it and adding lyrics to it."

In the meantime, Boeckner is keeping plenty busy with Handsome Furs, his band with fiancée Alexei Perry. Their debut album Plague Park is due out on Sub Pop on May 22.

Boeckner described Handsome Furs as "basically Wolf Parade without the guy that everybody likes and no real instruments." He plays guitar and keyboards while Perry does "programming with a really archaic drum machine and some pretty small keyboards." Wolf Parade drummer Arlen Thompson contributes to the recording, while Chad Jones (aka Constellation Records artist Frankie Sparo) is an auxiliary Handsome Fur on the road.

Handsome Furs has existed for a little over a year. "We put the band together kind of on-the-fly when I was living in Vancouver in this bachelor apartment," Boeckner said. "We did it for fun, but then we got offered a tour in Scandinavia. So we were like, 'Oh, shit. We need to write some songs.' So we wrote some songs and we did some covers.

"We covered a Liars song. We did 'The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack.' But we'd only heard that song a couple of times, so we just did it from memory. I had no idea what the lyrics were, so I kind of made them up. Actually, that quote-unquote cover kind of evolved into a Handsome Furs song, 'Dead + Rural'. It's this song we wrote about the small town that I grew up in.

"We've just been listening to a lot of the last Liars record, and Sunn0))). That was a big influence, like that minimal repetition and stuff."

Although Boeckner is insistent that Handsome Furs is not a goth, industrial, or metal band, he admits that the title Plague Park does indeed "sound like a Skinny Puppy record." It also has a pretty gnarly back story:

"It's based on this fucking amazing story in this park that is in Helsinki. I think a lot of the lyrical part of the record is in the shape it's in because I started reading a lot of Finnish fiction and folktales. It started as this weird love letter to Scandinavia, and specifically Helsinki. Plague Park is this one place called Ruttopuisto, which is in the middle of Helsinki. And in the 17th century, there was outbreak of the plague, and a third of the city died, and they buried them in this park. And at that point, the park was outside of the city limits, when it was still under control of the King of Sweden, I guess. They never thought that the city would grow around the park, but it did.

"In the first couple days of spring, people just go to this park and get fucking hammered. There's this beautiful park in the middle of all this gray, socialist architecture, and there's literally a couple thousand bodies in a mass grave under the park. And people pay their respects by drinking beer there.

"They have this big stone monument that people put their beer caps on. It's kind of like paying their respects for the dead. I really like that juxtaposition of the stoic, Finnish partying, getting hammered on the first day of spring when it's not dark all day long. And they're sitting on thousands of bodies!"

Appropriately enough, Handsome Furs just finished up a Scandinavian tour. They plan to tour North America later in the year, and have brand new, Perry-designed Handsome Furs t-shirts which they would love to sell you. "They're the Alignment Chart from the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 1978 manual. And we just erased the words 'Alignment Chart' and put 'Appendix 3: Handsome Furs' on it."

Unfortunately, that Scandinavian tour threw a wrench in plans for Boeckner to perform as part of the indie rock "supergroup" Internet, also featuring Les Savy Fav's Syd Butler, Wolf Parade's Hadji Bakara, and Islands' Nick Diamonds, at a New York City benefit for 826NYC, originally scheduled to take place this Thursday, March 15. (The event has been moved to April 10.)

"This whole thing is just totally indicative of the speediness of news on the internet," Boeckner explained. "I don't know what happened precisely and I don't want to step on anybody's toes or make anybody feel bad, but I heard from Hadji that this project was happening and I talked to him and Nick, but I didn't actually know that the actual day of the show was the 15th of March. Because otherwise, I wouldn't have agreed to it. But I guess McSweeny's went ahead with the press release before they heard back from Nick Diamonds. And then Nick was over at my birthday party in my apartment with Hadji the other day, and I heard them talking about it, and I heard March 15, and I just kind of walked across the room...
"I guess a man can only have so many side projects."

Plague Park tracklist:

01 What We Had
02 Hearts of Iron
03 Handsome Furs Hate This City
04 Snakes on the Ladder
05 Cannot Get, Started
06 Sing! Captain
07 Dead + Rural
08 Dumb Animals
09 The Radio's Hot Sun

Friday, March 09, 2007

New Music

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The new CocoRosie Lp "The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn" may be the best album so far this year! Or at least it is right up there with Neon Bible. With all of these great albums coming out right now it might be easy for someone to foolishly miss this one . So please take my word for it and don't just "Shake it Off".

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"The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn" Release Date: 04/10/2007

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Wilco's "Sky, Blue, Sky" is another album that has blown me away in these recent weeks. Please Be Patient With it...
Shake it Off
Please Be Patient With Me
"Sky Blue Sky" comes out May 15th on Nonesuch.